Since opening just over a year ago, ILHAM Gallery has made its mark on the scene by hosting well-curated exhibitions that are inspirational, informative and capture the imagination. Focussing on Malaysian contemporary and modern art, the gallery aims to bring people closer to the creative minds behind it, frequently working with other institutions on a regional and global level.
Portrait Scape Of Contemporary Migration (Gan CL)
Dubbed Afterwork, the latest exhibition at ILHAM is a collaboration with the Hong-Kong-based contemporary art centre Para Site, where it first premiered earlier this year. Showcasing the work of multiple artists, the exhibition tackles issues such as class, race, labour and migration by exploring corresponding aesthetics and histories in each.
Cleaning (F Ho)
Migrant domestic workers represent a significant social group in countries around the region, and in both Hong Kong and Malaysia, stand as one of the city’s most visible components. The personal stories from this ever growing segment of society are crucial narratives that must be highlighted in order to better understand the complexities involved in shaping a nation, and this is what lies at the core of Afterwork.
Artists have approached the multi-faceted theme from a variety of angles; while some have chosen to directly explore the presence of domestic workers in households or even their own lives, others employ abstract and poetic landscapes that try to envisage the wide array of topics and perspectives around the exhibition’s theme.
Aku Merayakan Kebahagiaanku (IGAK Murni)
Among the featured artists in the exhibition are Abdoulaye Konaté, Alfredo Jaar, Beatrix Pang, Brian Gothong Tan, Daniela Ortiz, Eisa Jocson, Elvis Yip Kin Bon, Fan Ho, Köken Ergun, Larry Feign, Miljohn Ruperto, Maria Taniguchi, Pangrok Sulapamong.
Imelda Goes To Singapore (BG Tan)
In conjunction with the exhibition, Para Site is also publishing an anthology of literature from migrant and domestic workers, containing short stories, poems, and excerpts from novels and plays. Written by classical literary figures of the region, established contemporary authors, and domestic workers, the collection aims to provide a platform for writers in the domestic worker community and bring to the masses some of the most important texts written on the subject over the last century.
Intolerance (A Konate)
WHERE ILHAM, Ilham Tower, 8 Jalan Binjai